Posted in music | venues on December 31, 2009

Court Tavern

For nearly 50 years the Court Tavern has been a New Brunswick fixture. Since the early 1980s it also has been a vital part of the state's rock scene, hosting up-and-coming bands such as the Smithereens, which later returned the favor by donating one of its platinum albums to the small club.

But the slow economy following a re-financing effort a couple of years ago bought the owners, Bobby and Eileen Albert, to the brink of closure, with a 4 p.m. deadline today to pay $20,000 in back taxes and city fees or face foreclosure.

In the pre-dawn hours [on December 15th], Eileen Albert posted messages on the club's Facebook and MySpace Web pages, the Alberts discovered how their club had touched people across the country, and beyond.

The first call came in at about 2 a.m. from a former employee the Alberts hadn't seen in 15 years, offering to give $500 to $1,000.

"It's been like wildfire," said Eileen Albert. "It's been crazy. There's 20 messages on the phone now."

Former customers and employees from as far away as Washington state called to help. A member of a band that had played at the club years ago called from London, where he heard of the financial problems.

By 12:30 p.m. Bobby Albert found a line of more than 15 people outside the door with envelopes of money and checks.

Then came a longtime family friend, who walked in and handed over a $20,000 check. [NJ.com]

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Comments (14)

16 days later...

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2009 10:36 AM

"Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material."

Dumbass.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2009 10:38 AM

i'm so glad i took the time to read these comments....

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2009 10:55 AM

old news

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2009 11:12 AM

great news

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2009 11:17 AM

10:36 & 11:12, get a life.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2009 11:23 AM

awesome, so many memories of the court Tavern from my high school and college days.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2009 12:19 PM

I havent hung out in new brunswick since the nineties.The court,the melody bar,the roxy, were all alot of fun.hopefully there is still stuff going on there.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2009 12:23 PM

New Brunswick, the Canadian province >>>>> New Brunswick, the town in Joizey

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2009 1:45 PM

Love this place, but it seems they are always having the same financial crisis every year. I would hate to see this place go, but it's days are limited...

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2009 5:12 PM

Is this the CBGBs of New Jersey? If so, then the owners are probably millionaires who are begging for money to save their business.

Posted by Anonymous | January 1, 2010 11:37 AM

They could book wayyyyyyy better shows......

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2010 2:38 PM

GD NEWWS

Posted by ben 10 | May 23, 2010 6:39 PM

New Brunswick, the Canadian province >>>>> New Brunswick, the town in Joizey

Posted by gammalem | November 10, 2012 5:53 AM

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